You may recall last week, conservative protesters flooded Michigan’s State Capitol building in opposition of the current Stay Home Stay Safe Order. Demonstrators were armed with assault rifles, confederate flags, and a noose was even spotted.
Several, such as State Rep. Sarah Anthony, felt their safety was in danger.
“We were all just appalled by the lack of support and lack of security that I had, that other legislators had, and the fact that a lot of the demonstrators last week were adorning many racist, anti-Semitic signage. I think it just triggered a lot of folks, especially African Americans,” said Anthony.
Wednesday, a few African Americans escorted Anthony to the State Capitol while carrying their own rifles.
Organizer and community activist Michael Lynn Jr. said,
“We want to change the narrative, first of all. We want people to understand that people of color can come out here with guns just the same as anybody else can.”
Lynn, who is also a firefighter, saw a Facebook video Anthony posted of protesters last week and knew he had to take action.
“I could hear the fear in her voice during that protest,” said Lynn. “It was the visual of her being that scared to go to work. It meant we had to do something. We came out here today to make sure we could provide some protection, even if it’s only just to make her feel better.”
The Michigan Capitol Commission is considering banning guns inside the State Capitol which State Representative Anthony supports.
“I will be advocating for a change, at the very least, to ban open carry inside the building,” said Anthony.
“For one, it’s more intimidating. Obviously, we have a right to bear arms, but concealed would be easier. I don’t think we need to be intimidated with large firearms while we’re doing our jobs.”
Lynn also agrees and said,
“We don’t take guns in the courthouse. We don’t take guns into city hall. Why would we take guns of this caliber into the Capitol? I have 150 rounds on me right now. I could make terror. This could wreak havoc.”
Photos: Skyler Ashley, lansingcitypulse.com